Fewer children are now in nursing homes than in prior years.
This year alone, AHCA officials said 31 children have been discharged from nursing homes to their families. However, as of early October, AHCA spokeswoman Michelle Dahnke told Local 6 there were still 181 children living in nursing homes, though she said that number does fluctuate.
There is some potential good news for Jessica. Her parents tell us because of the facility closure, she may actually be able to come home as soon as late November. They said they now have an advocate with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities who is helping them coordinate the move.
"We want to bring her home,” Jessica’s mother said. “We want our daughter home."